04
May

Twelve O’Clock Tales Is Here!

Our new album, Twelve O’Clock Tales, accompanied by the wonderful Hallė orchestra launched at The Bridgewater Hall on Saturday 30th April.

Conducted by Stephen Bell and arranged by British composer and trumpet maestro Guy Barker and celebrated jazz pianists Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello, Twelve O’Clock Tales’ rich jazz infused repertoire, with songs from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and  Tim Rice, made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, includes ‘Sans Souci’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Lush Life’, ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’, ‘Wild Is The Wind’ and ‘Paradisi Carousel

22
Mar

The Making of ‘Twelve O’Clock Tales’ – Clare’s upcoming album

To whet your appetite, here’s a little taster of what’s to come … enjoy!

Accompanied by the renowned Hallé, conducted by Stephen Bell and arranged by British composer and trumpet maestro Guy Barker and celebrated jazz pianists Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello, Twelve O’Clock Tales’ rich jazz infused repertoire includes songs from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Van Morrison, Tim Rice, made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, the songs include ‘Sans Souci’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Lush Life’, ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’, ‘Wild Is The Wind’, ‘Into The Mystic’ and ‘Paradisi Carousel

Twelve O’Clock Tales launches at The Bridgewater Hall concert April 30th 2016

Pre orders are available now from Bandcamp

11
Feb

PRE-ORDER CLARE’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM

TWELVE O’CLOCK TALES – CLARE TEAL WITH THE HALLÉ ORCHESTRA

The UK’s finest Jazz singer and much loved performer Clare Teal explores timeless classics penned by the legendary musical storytellers of the last 100 years, and celebrates the giants of the Great American and British Song Books through to the work of more contemporary writers crafting the standards of today plus Clare’s own original compositions.

Accompanied by the renowned Hallé, conducted by Stephen Bell and arranged by British composer and trumpet maestro Guy Barker and celebrated jazz pianists Grant Windsor and Jason Rebello, the rich jazz infused repertoire includes songs from Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Van Morrison, Tim Rice, made famous by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson and Peggy Lee, the songs include ‘Sans Souci’, ‘Secret Love’, ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Lush Life’, ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’, ‘Wild Is The Wind’, ‘Into The Mystic’ and ‘Paradisi Carousel’.

To support the release Clare will be touring Twelve O’Clock Tales throughout 2016 with the inaugural concert at Bridgewater hall with the Halle on April 30th 2016.

The Hallé is now in its 158th season and ranks among the UK’s top symphonic ensembles with acclaimed performances worldwide

Twelve O’Clock Tales is Clare’s 15th Album and her 9th album released on MUD records.

 AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW

21
Dec

British Jazz Awards 2015

We are pleased to announce that Clare has been awarded Jazz Vocalist 2015 in the British Jazz Awards.

“Many, many thanks to everyone that voted for me in the Jazz Vocalist category. I am chuffed to bits to win. It means such a lot, especially with such strong competition. Lots of love Clare xx”

08
Dec

Clare’s Festive Fiesta Spectacular – grab your tickets now!

Clare and her fabulous Trio’s Festive Fiesta @ Komedia Bath on Monday 21st December will be all bells and baubles! Tickets are now on sale so grab them while you can – see Live Dates for ticket details.

Click here for more dates to find out when Clare is coming to a venue near you.

18
Nov

**One Off** Big Band Festive Fiesta 4th December

Clare presents a special festive show at The Stables, Wavendon, which will be recorded live for broadcast on Clare’s BBC Radio 2 show on 20 December.

Her band will be conducted by world class trumpeter, composer and arranger Guy Barker. As well as a sparkling programme of classic tunes and songs with a seasonal twist, expect a few surprises along the way along with some special guests.

Tickets going quickly!

07
May

Friday Night is Music Night

Friday 2nd May on Radio 2 – more details to follow but put it in your diary now! Direct from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

13
Apr

In the Mood

I’ve just had an email from a chap called David in Leeds telling me the first swing record he heard was Jumpy Nerves by Wingy Manone, after I had a listen it got me to thinking.  Many will know Manone was an American jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader. He was actually born Joseph but after losing an arm in a tram accident acquired the nickname Wingy – aren’t people kind.  For years Joe Venuti jazz violinist and notorious practical joker used to send his mate a single cufflink for his birthday.

I digress, so in 1930 Wingy recorded his own riff based composition Tar Paper Stomp aka Wingy’s Stomp or sometimes called Wingy’s Blues also, as I have now learned, he recorded a version in 1939 called ‘Jumpy Nerves’.  You hear the same riff (catchy bit of tune) a year later in Fletcher Henderson’s Hot and Anxious credited to Henderson’s brother Horace.

Stay with me, in 1935 saxophonist and arranger for The Mills Blue Rhythm Band Joe Garland created an arrangement of ‘Tar Paper Stomp’ and called it ‘There’s Rhythm In Harlem’.  Some time later circa 1938 he wrote In ‘The Mood’ containing that same infectious arpeggio riff Wingy Manone had recorded just five years earlier, Joe hawked it round the various bands, both Artie Shaw and Edgar Hayes recorded it with little success in fact it wasn’t till Garland pushed it under the beady eye of Glenn Miller that it took off.   Miller hired Andy Razaf to add words he did so recycling an old lyric but unwittingly for a flat fee of $200 he never earned a penny more.

Miller made a few tweaks and hit the jackpot in 1940 when it topped the Billboard Juke Box chart and stayed at number one for 13 weeks featuring in the movie Sun Valley Serenade.  Some 60 years later in 1999 ‘In The Mood’ was included in the National Public Radio’s 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century.

It’s Wingy I feel sorry for, according to copyright rules of that time, “a tune that had not been written down and registered with the copyright office could be appropriated by any musician with a good ear.”  I read that after ‘In The Mood’ became a massive hit, Manone was paid by RCA and Miller not to contest the copyright possibly putting Wingy in the slighty better mood… but still.